Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a comedy show, outdoor markets, art exhibits, live music, and more. Check out the complete guide to find out what is going on this weekend near you. For a full list of events, visit The Independent’s Events Calendar.
“Shakespeare in Love”
Adapted for the stage from the Academy Award-winning film, “Shakespeare in Love” tells of a young Shakespeare who is facing writer’s block and is short on cash and inspiration. To his rescue comes Viola, with whom he quickly falls in love and who inspires him to write his most famous love story, “Romeo and Juliet.” Showing June 30–Sept. 8 times vary. Tickets are $20–$77. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Romeo and Juliet”
A classic tale of star-crossed lovers and forbidden love, “Romeo and Juliet” is the perfect complement to “Shakespeare in Love.” The two will share cast and scenery, and this added synergy will provide a new dimension to what may be the most famous love story in the world. Showing July 1–Sept. 9 times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“As You Like It”
Rosalind has a problem. Disguised as a boy, she goes to Arden to find her father. But her disguise has also fooled her beloved Orlando, who now asks this “boy” to help him woo the woman of his dreams—none other than Rosalind herself! What’s a girl (or boy) to do? Find out in this rollicking frolic of confused courtship, beautiful poetry, and unsurpassed wit. Showing June 29–Sept. 7 times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)”
Brought to you by the same guys who starred in the PBS film version of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” this highly-imaginative, vaudeville-infused comedy tells the not-quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity. Showing July 28–Oct. 21 times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Guys and Dolls”
Take a high-rolling gambler and pair him with a puritanical missionary. Then throw in a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a craps game manager who is anything but straight or narrow. Mix it up with the brassy music of Frank Loesser, including “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be a Lady,” and you have what many consider the perfect musical comedy. Showing July 3–Sept.1 times vary. Tickets are $36–$79. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Shakespeare’s luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight, this popular comedy gets a new and exciting look when set in the art deco world of the Jazz Age. It is still true that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem. Showing July 4–Oct. 21 times vary. Tickets are $32–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
This epic tale with music will thrill the entire family with stories of buried treasure, cutthroat pirates, the larger-than-life Long John Silver, and the courageous young cabin boy Jim Hawkins. The Festival is the first theatre after a joint premiere at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago and Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California, to produce this critically-acclaimed adaptation, filled with adventure and song. Showing July 5–Sept. 2 times vary. Tickets are $32–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Shrek The Musical”
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek.” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical” is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure directed by Scott S. Anderson May 26–Oct. 20. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. June 2–Oct. 18. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts Gang are coming to Brigham’s Playhouse! Baseball, kites, Valentine’s Day, and a World War I flying ace all come together in the moments that make up life. This fun and energetic musical delights audiences of all ages. It is an average day for our average hero as he shows us the extraordinary in the ordinary. He is a good man, that Charlie Brown! June 8–July 15. Thurs.–Sat. 7 p.m. and a matinee Saturdays at 2 p.m. Infants and children under 5 years of age are not permitted. Tickets are $17–$23 and can be purchased online. For information, call Brigham’s Playhouse at (435) 251-8000.
Art Works Gallery presents Shushana Rucker
Art Works Gallery will exhibit Idaho artist Shushana Rucker’s paintings, prints, and artist books. The opening reception takes place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art Works Gallery in Cedar City. Rucker’s exhibit shows through July 22. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (503) 810-0958.
The Art of the “Jodeez”
Featuring the art of Jodi Fuller, Jody Gerber, and Jodi McGregor. There will be an art reception June 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This exhibit will show June 14 through July 25 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale.
Chasing Light: Plein Air Festival and Sale
Presented by the Southern Utah Museum of Art and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Fifteen of the region’s top plein air painters will paint at Cedar Breaks, as well as other favorite southern Utah locations, from July 2 to July 6. The work each artist creates during that week will be on exhibit and for sale at the Southern Utah Museum of Art beginning July 8 with a wet paint gala and sale July 7. For information, click here.
Dick Earl Blues Jam at Even Stevens
Tom Bennett at Town and Country Bank
Tom Bennett plays at Town and Country Bank Friday at 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (435) 673-1150.
Adam Dune at Even Stevens
The Comedy Machine
Three top comics from around the United States will perform live in a hilarious show at CasaBlanca. Friday 8:30 p.m. This is a 21 and older show. ID’s are required. Tickets are $15–$25 and can be purchased at StarTickets.com. For information, click here.
DJ Spinz at The One and Only
DJ Spinz will be at the One and Only Friday night at 9 p.m. Dance the night away, have a few drinks, play pool, and have a great time! Click here for more information.
Game Night at Toadz
Get your game face on! Game night is coming to Toadz every Friday featuring beer pong tournaments ($100 cash prize), trash can beer pong, corn hole, darts, and pool tables upstairs with many more games to choose from every week. Sign ups for beer pong start at 9 p.m. with the first game at 10 p.m. (You don’t have to drink to play.) Drink specials are $2 domestic beer bottles ads $3 wells. There is not a cover charge. Must be 21 and older. For information, click here.
Zion Canyon Farmers Market
The 2017 season is Saturdays May 6–Oct. 14, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Bit and Spur Restaurant and across from the Switchback Grille and Holiday Inn Express. The market was developed to provide a place for local farmers, backyard growers, and producers to sell their goods directly to consumers, to educate the consumers about local farming and seasonal eating, to encourage and promote the use of locally grown farm products, and to enhance quality of life in southern Utah by providing a community activity that fosters social gathering and interaction. For information, visit zionharvest.org, or call (435) 772-0435.
Year-Round Farmer’s Market in Cedar City
Visit the only year-round farmer’s market in Utah, a real farmers market that sells only locally produced and grown fruit, vegetables, jam, bread, and other farm products. The event happens on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the IFA parking lot. For information, contact Symbria Patterson at email@example.com or call her at (435) 865-6792.
Tuacahn Saturday Market
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Stroll among local artists and artisans while enjoying live local entertainment. For more shopping fun step inside the beautiful new Tuacahn Gift Gallery where you will find Tuacahn Amphitheater souvenirs, home decor items, gifts, and much more.
Crossroads at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Crossroads plays at Zion Canyon Brew Pub Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (435) 772-0404.
Jake Coombs at Even Stevens
The National Parks and Many Miles
Part of the O.C Tanner Summer Series. Come to the Amphitheater and enjoy an evening of music led by The National Parks who began making music in early 2013. Branded as electronic folk pop, their music truly stands alone. Joining The National Parks will be local favorite Many Miles and their infectious grooves and melodies. Saturday 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Tribute to the Beatles Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary
Part of the CasaBlanca “Albumpaloosa” concert series. Saturday 8:30 p.m. This is a 21 and older show. ID’s are required. Tickets are $15–$35 and can be purchased at StarTickets.com. For information, click here.